PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang has filed a defamation suit against the founder and editor of the Sarawak Report, Clare Rewcastle Brown at the London High Court.
According to PAS Secretary-General Takiyuddin Hassan, Abdul Hadi sought for damages as well as an injunction order following the publication of an article on Sarawak Report’s website on Aug 6, 2016.
The article, titled “As Najib Denies All Over 1MDB, Let’s Not Forget His Many other Criminal Connections – comment” was alleged to have contained remarks which could be understood as Abdul Hadi personally had received or approved the receipt of a large amount of bribe from Prime Minister Najib Razak in exchange of compromising on PAS’ political stand.
“All the accusations made (in the article) are not true,” Takiyuddin said in a statement today.
“Accusations and allegations of bribery of this nature clearly destroys and effects the reputation of someone like PAS’ president, who for so long has been commited to the process of democracy, in which his political philosophy as well as his actions clearly reflects that he holds true to the principles and teachings of Islam,” Takiyuddin said.
He added that Abdul Hadi had appointed the lawfirm of Carter-Ruck in London for the purpose of this legal proceeding.
Takiyuddin further informed that Carter-Ruck, upon instruction, had sent a letter of complaint to Rewcastle Brown late last year, asking for the article to be removed as well as to publish an apology.
“However Miss Rewcastle Brown failed to respond to the complaint, instead she made several other public statements which further complicated the situation.
“Taking into account the magnitude of this accusation, PAS president will not let it slide without challenging it. There is no other option but to take this matter to the London High Court in order to fix the situation which has severely affected his reputation in Malaysia, Singapore, England and Wales.”